My lovely friend D came over to give me an amazing Target coupon because she already had one on her phone ($15 off a $40 up & up purchase). I mentioned that 90% of what I own was purchased at Target but that I'm lazy and hadn't taken the time to figure out the Cartwheel app or to get any coupons other than the book that gets mailed to me every few months. She quickly schooled me in Target Couponing 101, and now I have to tell all of you.
The Cartwheel app is pretty self explanatory; go to the app store, download it, sign in, browse offers of different categories. Right now I can save 10 of the 581 offers, but D says that your number gets increased over time (she is up to 20). You can sort by discount, and D said she gets free stuff from time to time when combining it with other offers. The trick is to use your paper coupons FIRST, and Cartwheel LAST.
I had heard of Cartwheel, but never knew the wonders of Target Mobile Coupons. First, you text "offers" to 827438. Then you click the link, sign up, agree to some things, and reply "Y" to confirm you really want Target to text you. Then the fun begins. There are other words you can text to that number to get even more offers. I texted "clean" for a bunch of laundry coupons, "spring", "thanks", and "storetrip" for food and cleaning products, "apparel" for $5 off any $25 clothing purchase, "baby4" to subscribe to baby coupons, and "upandup" for the aforementioned $15 off $40 of up & up items.
These all have expiration dates and certain restrictions apply, but basically it opened up my eyes to the world of easier couponing. I may never open a newspaper, but I dick around on my phone ALL DAY LONG. I can definitely take a few minutes to check my texts before I shop to make the most out of my target experience. So much of the items I buy on any given Target trip were on sale, it was almost embarrassing to think of all of the money I could have been saving.
So, yeah. Coupons.